Situated at the intersection of the vibrant Central West End and blossoming Forest Park, the allure of The Chase Park Plaza and its surroundings is matched only by the hospitality inside.
We checked in to our Club Level king suite on the ninth floor, and after enjoying the park view, we visited the poolside patio of Café Eau. There, we enjoyed a cocktail containing house-infused cucumber Stolichnaya, in what we considered to be an urban oasis—literally, with palm trees and tropical plants included.
For dinner, we ventured across the hall to Eau Bistro, where we were started with an amuse bouche, consisting of a crostini topped with sun-dried tomato chevre mousse and capers. For the full experience, we tried the tasting menu, dreamt up by chefs Kyle Lipetzky and Joe Sanders. It started off with tuna tartar, followed by sea scallop with leeks, Madeira cream and a balsamic reduction. Next was poached duck served with a blood orange coulis, which offered an unexpected burst of flavor. For the main course, we opted for the beef short rib, and finished with an artistically plated poached pear, served with mascarpone, honey and chocolate. The wine pours ranged from prosecco to a Napa merlot and Dow’s 10-year tawny port, each perfectly complementing its course.
Despite the fully renovated interior, the hotel’s 90-year history did not escape us. Did you know that the space now occupied by a five-screen movie theater first housed a stage that hosted performers like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.? Our waiter confirmed the stories, telling us about a client who recalled his first visit to The Chase, when he had seen a singer—I’m sure you’ve never heard of her— named Billie Holiday.
In the morning, we were referred to Chris Gerli of City Cycling Tours, enjoying the leisurely 90-minute ride, spanning 5 miles of Forest Park. Even native St. Louisans will be surprised by informative notes about the creation of the park, the famous 1904 World’s Fair and accompanying Olympic Games, and even the civil rights movement. Back at the hotel, we visited the Salon & Spa, treating ourselves to a stone pedicure. Our feet were exfoliated, scrubbed, buffed, wrapped in hot towels and lathered with a peppermint mask, making us so relaxed that we could have fallen asleep.
Throughout our stay, we were wowed by the efficient, courteous service of The Chase’s well-trained staff. All too soon, it was time check-out time. And we didn’t even get to try out Sante, the 18,000-square-foot fitness club. Next time, we’ll try to book it for a week!